Thursday, January 16, 2014

Using Pizza to Explain Politics

Lee LeFever recently shared a great example of how to stay neutral while explaining concepts in political science. Lee shared why he used triangles, squares, and circles in his explanation of the Electoral College. He went on to share a recent BuzzFeed video in which pizza slices were used to explain Congressional redistricting.

Applications for Education
Two thoughts came to me while reading Lee's post and watching the BuzzFeed video. First, what a great way to remove politics from explaining important concepts in political science. Second, I've seen lots of high school students struggle to demonstrate their understandings of current events because they allow their personal feelings to cloud their explanations. Having students use pizza slices, candies, or simple shapes to explain current events without their feelings clouding their explanations.